Tips for Understanding Home Textiles

Tips for Understanding Home Textiles

Styling out your interiors can be a lot of fun, but you also need to know what you’re doing which is why understanding home textiles is so important.

When you start to go to town with your interiors, you quickly realise that things aren’t quite working well together. And that’s the part that can drive you round the bend. But it doesn’t have to.

You should experiment, but also learn from your mistakes when styling your interiors. Especially when it comes to your textiles. Sometimes you feel like everything will work together. I know I’ve done that a few times in my own house renovation. But it doesn’t always work, and it’s about learning how to mix patterns and textures.

Here are some tips for understanding home textiles that I have learnt whilst designing my house.


Colour Coordinate

Colour is often the main base of your designs and is what can bring a room together but also tear it apart again. If the colours don’t work, nothing else will either.

Work with a colour scheme that you really love, so that you know you’re going to be able to pull out certain colours and be happy with them, rather than hate them. When you have a set palette to work with, you know that any textile you buy within that set group of colours is going to work. It’s this idea of working with a collection that makes the buying process so much easier. Because anything you buy is going to match.

If you’re unsure of what contrasting colours go together, you can find a colour wheel online. Colours opposite each other in the wheel go really well together, such as yellow and light purple, or light pink and blue. This may sound odd, but they just works.


Main Event Or Side Show

Another key rule? All or nothing. When you’re looking for the right soft furnishings, it’s easy for things to get a bit chaotic. Obviously you want to avoid this.

I think one of the easiest ways to think of your textiles is as main events, or supporting acts. If you want your textiles, such as cushions and curtains, to stand out, then pair them with understated furniture. If you have statement furniture, keep your textiles basic.

However, don’t think that it always has to be this way. If you know what you’re doing, feel free to mix a bold coloured sofa with patterned cushions. Just be careful.

Focus On Quality

Textiles can look a little bit cheap and that will really bring down the look of a room. So, instead of focusing on cost, focus on quality. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a lot of money, but you should think about choosing a quality that will add to your interiors and not bring them down.

Understanding home textiles in this way will add an edge to your interiors that looks expensive, not cheap.


Find The Perfect Fit

You should really focus on finding textiles and soft furnishings that fit specifically to your space. From fabulous made to measure curtains to custom-made rugs, it pays to find the perfect fit. Not only will your chosen purchase be unique, it will also be perfect for the space it was made for.


Mix & Match

Finally, don’t be afraid to mix and match a bit with the designs. Use different textures and prints in different rooms. Don’t feel like you have to stick with the same sorts of styles across your entire house. Because when you mix things up, you definitely feel like you’re working with different looks.


Understanding home textiles can be a bit baffling if you don’t know where to start. But figure out the basics like colour, and it makes all your decisions much easier.



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